Key news (31 of January - 06 of February, 2022)

Visa said during its recent earnings call that customers made $2.5 billion in payments with its crypto-linked cards in its fiscal first quarter of 2022;

Nasdaq-listed Microstrategy has bought 660 more bitcoins at an average price of $37,865 per coin, bringing the total crypto holdings of the company to 125,051 bitcoins;

In the capitalization rating, the Polkadot and Polygon projects are preparing to overtake the DOGE and SHIB memcoins. DOT is only $15 million, and MATIC is $60 million behind;

Friday’s Bitcoin rally led to a jump in the Bitcoin Fear & Greed Index from 20/100 to 33/100. It was the first move out of the red zone since the Index had stood at 41/100 back on 28th December;

The Government of India stated that it does not consider trading of cryptoassets illegal (the day after it announced a 30% taxation of such transactions and NFTs);

BTC hodl statistics of public companies:

~255,246 BTC or ~1.22% of the total BTC is held by public companies. The 1st place is confidently occupied by MicroStrategy - now the company has ~125,051 BTC at an average price of ~$30,200 per BTC.

Second place goes to Elon Musk and his company Tesla. Tesla currently holds ~43,000 BTC;

The US has published the first version of the Digital Dollar Whitepaper:

— Can be programmed for the desired goals, as well as change any parameters

— No commissions

— Speed: 1.7 million transactions per second

— Transaction confirmation in 2 seconds

— CBDC should work without intermediaries

— Lack of anonymity;

Bitcoin mining contributed only 0.08% of world's total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in a year, a new study by research platform CoinShares has revealed (41 megatons of CO2 emissions in 2021—up from 36 Mt the year before); 

Facebook parent Meta's stock fell more than 26% on Thursday after disappointing fourth-quarter earnings and a drop in daily users underscored how much the company relies on social media as it develops its metaverse ambitions; 

Tezos strikes a deal with Manchester United football club for $27 million per year. A few days ago, a similar deal was striked between FC Barcelona and PolkaDOT;

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that it will not tax the mining and staking of digital assets.

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